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Post doc position in Applied ecology

Deadline: 01.09.2020

Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences

Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences (INN University) is home to over 14,000 students and 1,000 employees, and has campuses in Lillehammer, Hamar, Elverum, Rena, Evenstad and Blæstad.

INN University aspires to build strong and enduring academic and research environments that will spearhead regionally, nationally and internationally. We are developing a new and better institution with high academic and pedagogical quality, aiming at achieving university accreditation by 2020.

Our vision is "Stronger Together".

«Grazing in carnivore forests for sustainable production of food, timber and biodiversity»

About the position

A 100% position as a Post-Doc candidate is available at Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Applied Ecology and Agricultural Sciences at Campus Blæstad from 01.11.2020 until 31.01.2023.

The Post-Doc position will be part of an ongoing research project funded by the Norwegian Research Council: «Grazing in carnivore forests for sustainable production of food, timber and biodiversity». The overall aim of the project is to generate knowledge about how Norway’s boreal forests in regions with established carnivore populations can be sustainably utilized for production of livestock and timber, and conservation of pollinators.

The post-doc position is connected to a work package on depredation risk and stress in free-ranging cattle which are released to carnivore-exposed areas during the summer grazing period. By interviewing farmers and veterinarians in south-eastern Norway, we will collect user experience and identify challenges and successes. As carnivore densities have increased during the past decade, the candidate will compare results from similar surveys done in 1999 with the new survey data. The candidate will in addition do an international survey on cattle-carnivore interactions and interview land use managers in different countries about mitigation techniques. The results of this study will be applicable to silvopastoral systems world-wide and are of great importance for sustainable food production in marginal areas.

The candidate will be supervised by Professor Barbara Zimmermann (applied ecology) and Associate Professor Morten Tofastrud (animal science), both associated with Faculty of Applied Ecology, Agricultural Sciences and Biotechnology, and Professor Jo Kleiven (environmental psychology, Inland School of Business and Social Sciences, Lillehammer).


A PhD degree in agriculture, social sciences, ecology or equivalent education is required to be qualified for the post-doc position.

The studies require skills in handling and statistical analyses of data from qualitative and quantitative surveys. Because the surveys of farmers will be in Norwegian language, working knowledge of a Scandinavian language is preferred. However, the scientific articles will be in English.

We expect the candidate to be passionate about doing research, and to be willing to develop the skills to communicate this passion with other scientists and the general public. The candidate should welcome the opportunity to work within a multidisciplinary team. We are searching for a reliable candidate who can work independently, but who will also function well in our large team. We emphasize personal qualifications when appointing personnel to the faculty.

How to apply

Application and CV are to be registered electronically via "Apply for position"

The application must include:

  • Application letter
  • Comprehensive overview of education, diplomas, work experience, pedagogical experience, administrative experience, acquisition work, coordination experience and other qualifying activities
  • List of publications

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Relevant applications will be considered by an expert committee. Comprehensive CVs, certified copies of diplomas and certificates, publication lists and documents/works to be considered must be submitted as electronic attachments or links to the application.

Qualified applicants will be invited to an interview.

Requests for exemptions from the public applicant list must be clearly justified and stated via the electronic application form. Applicants will be contacted if INN University cannot comply with the request (cf. § 25 of the Freedom of Information Act).

The state workforce should, as far as possible, reflect the diversity of the population. It is therefore a personnel policy goal at INN University to achieve a balanced age and gender composition and to recruit people with an immigrant background. If necessary, the working conditions are adapted for persons with disabilities. If applicants declare in their CV that they have a disability, this information may be used for registration purposes in connection with the target employment numbers.

We offer

A position remunerated according to code 1352, post doctor. Previous work experience will be taken into account when deciding placement on the salary scale. Personal insurance is included. A percentage of the salary will be deducted each month as an obligatory premium to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund. In addition, there is a matching contribution from the employer to the pension fund.

  • An exciting and challenging job at a developing institution, dedicated colleagues and a supportive working environment.
  • An attractive place to live, with immediate access to nature, urban environments and a variety of culture and sport opportunities.
  • Good welfare benefits.

For more information about INN University as an employer, please see here.

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